Keeping your opening repertoire fresh is not just recommended, it’s a must. You never want to become a predictable opening player, you want to spring surprises every time you can and keep your rivals guessing.

The Trompowsky Attack with 1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 – named after the Brazilian master Octavio Trompowsky (1897 – 1984) is a great choice to maintain the surprise factor in your opening arsenal and use it when you might feel your game is getting predictable.

In this comprehensive video collection, we have three great authors teaching you all the secrets on how to master this opening.

To start, IM John Watson is going to guide you with a general approach and positional aspects to this aggressive opening weapon. This section’s goal is to gain a solid understanding of the opening play covering the main lines. Watson covers this¬†with 8 videos to create the strong foundation you need to confidently play this opening.

Next, Ronen Harzi takes you on a comprehensive journey exploring this opening at the highest level, with game analysis from games played by the likes of GM Anand, GM Carlsen, GM Judith Polgar, GM Kramnik and many other of the world’s elite players. You’ll see how super GM’s use this opening attack to win games.

Finally, Boris Alterman explores the wicked Vaganian Gambit. 3 videos on this double-edged gambit you can spring on your unsuspecting rivals.

About the authors

John L. Watson

Watson is best known as a chess theorist and author, and has written more than thirty books on many aspects of chess. His 1999 book Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy won the British Chess Federation’s Book of the year award as well as the United States Chess Federation Book of the Year.







Ronen Har-Zvi

Har-Zvi is a regular expert commentator, host and teacher on the Internet Chess Club. He also operates an account, “Indiana-Jones”, with a peak rating of 3215 for blitz chess and 2947 for bullet chess. He is a columnist for CHESS magazine.





Boris Alterman

Boris Alterman is an Israeli chess Grandmaster, FIDE Senior Trainer (2010), advisor of the Junior chess program.

He started playing chess at the age of 7. His career highlights include earning the IM title in 1991, and the GM title in 1992. He is the winner of the following Open and GM tournaments: Haifa 1993, Bad Homburg 1996, Rishon LeZion 1996, Beijing 1995 and 1997, and Munich 1992.

He plays for Rishon LeZion chess club. He does video lectures on the Internet Chess Club Website, and has a series called “Gambit Guide” which covers openings like the Danish Gambit, Cochrane Gambit, Evans Gambit, Budapest Gambit, and the Fried Liver Attack.

Course Curriculum

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Watson2 00:36:18
watson3 00:35:12
Watson4 00:32:12
Watson5 00:32:00
Watson6 00:31:24
Watson7 00:36:00
Watson8 00:35:12
Har-Zvi-9 00:37:24
Har-Zvi-10 00:50:24
Har-Zvi-11 00:42:06
Har-Zvi-12 00:40:12
Har-Zvi-13 00:47:00
Har-Zvi-14 00:54:21
Har-Zvi-15 00:41:00
Har-Zvi-16 00:43:21
Har-Zvi-17 00:37:06
Har-Zvi-18 00:37:21
Har-Zvi-19 00:42:15
Alterman-20 00:32:12
Alterman-21 00:28:27
Alterman-22 00:25:30

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